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Puerto Rico Securities Arbitration Report: 1,974 Arbitration Filings, $274 million in Settlements and Awards so far (Updated June 9, 2017)

2017-02-22

In 2013, a shrinking economy and the government's loss of continued access to capital markets necessary to make interest payments, refinance principal coming due and to fund an unsustainable government deficit caused Puerto Rico tax exempt bond prices to fall substantially.

Puerto Rico brokerage firms' customers held poorly diversified securities accounts, concentrated in Puerto Rico municipal bonds or closed end funds that held leveraged portfolios of Puerto Rico municipal bonds. Often these accounts were further leveraged using margin debt, lines of credit or proceeds from non-purpose loans recycled through third-party banks.

By Craig McCann, Chuan Qin and Mike Yan

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Craig J. McCann
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Chuan Qin
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Mike Yan
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